Legislative Info

ARTA Legislative Committee

This committee shall keep the members informed on local, state, and national legislation; work with the Legislative Committee of TRTA concerning educational legislation; and stimulate active interest in legislation for the common welfare. (from ARTA Bylaws)

The Legislative Committee shall study pending legislation, develop & implement a plan to promote new legislation, and continuously inform members about related legislation. The committee shall collaborate with the Texas Silver–Haired Legislature, NRTA, other similar organizations, & with other education organizations concerning retirement issues. The committee shall collaborate with other standing & special committees as appropriate to further the mission of TRTA. (from TRTA Training Resources)

Here is a list of TRTA and ARTA legislative priorities for 2021. We will be working with state legislators to protect our pensions and healthcare benefits. TRTA will be working with federal legislators on the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) that affect benefits for some teachers who receive both Social Security and pensions. The WEP can reduce your Social Security benefit payment by as much as half the amount of your pension.